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Pollyanna Casmar, PhD

Title(s)Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone760-643-2031
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    Washington State University, PullmanPhD08/2002Counseling Psychology
    UCSD/VASDHS, Mission Valley, San DiegoPostdoctoral Clinical Fellowship11/2004Behavioral Medicine
    UCSD, Psychological and Counseling ServicesInternship08/2002Counseling Psychology
    Washington State University, Career ServicesClinical Assistantship05/2001Vocational Counseling
    Casey Family Foundation, Pullman, WATeaching Assistantship12/1998At-Risk youth
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    VASDHS2003Excellence in Karis (compassion)
    UCSD Dept. of Psychiatry2008  - 2009Teaching Excellence in Residency Training
    UCSD2014  - 2015Teaching Excellence in Psychology Internship Program

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    Dr. Casmar is a clinician providing care for veterans across the spectrum of mental health disorders. She has targeted interests in trauma, meditation/mindfulness, and mood disorders. She enjoys teaching IPT (Interpersonal Therapy), evidence based approaches to trauma and integrated therapy approaches using CBCT (cognitively based compassion training) and other meditatively focused interventions. She is considered the LGBT specialist at the Oceanside VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

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    1. Lang AJ, Malaktaris AL, Casmar P, Baca SA, Golshan S, Harrison T, Negi L. Compassion Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: A Randomized Proof of Concept Study. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Apr; 32(2):299-309. PMID: 30929283.
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    2. Lang AJ, Norman GJ, Casmar PV. A randomized trial of a brief mental health intervention for primary care patients. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Dec; 74(6):1173-9. PMID: 17154746.
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